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A lot of pre-release publicity is being heaped on the new comedy Total Siyappa. But the behind-the-scenes back-story of how the film lost its original title is far more interesting than Ali Zafar and Yami Gautam trying hard to be funny and cute at the media events. The film was originally titled Aman Ki Asha, as it fitted in nicely with the concept of the Indo-Pak story. However, the title is closely and inextricably associated with a cultural peace plan initiated by a publishing house. Hence calling the film Aman Ki Asha would not only have seemed an extension of the campaign mooted by the publishing house, it also might have been an infringement of copyright. When asked, director E. Niwas says the old title just didn't fit in. "We didn't want people to think it was another Veer-Zara kind of love story," says Niwas, leaving you wondering what's wrong with Veer-Zara. »
- Subhash K. Jha
For those who missed out on Banshee's first season on Cinemax at the first of the year, prepare yourself for a catchup. The drama, created by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) weaves the story of an ex-con (Anthony Starr) who finds himself in Banshee, Pennsylvania, looking for diamonds he believes are still held by his former partner and girlfriend, Anastasia (Ivana Miličević). Both are living under aliases -- Anna's life as "Carrie" is now one of suburban comfort while the ex-con has taken the identity of Sheriff Lucas Hood, who was about to start work in Banshee when he was killed in a bar fight. And that was just the first episode. Hit the jump for more on the series, plus a new poster and trailer for its upcoming second season. Banshee's portrayal of the criminal underworld, and Lucas and Carrie's connection to it, made for a riveting »
- Allison Keene
Ultraviolence rules as an ex-con assumes the identity of a sheriff in a small Pennsylvania town in this gloriously trashy show
There's a lot to be said for sticking with what you know and delivering what's expected from you. Us cable channel Cinemax staked its claim in the mid-1980s by pumping out more exploitative fare than its competitors. It was a haven for those who love plenty of violence and nudity in their movies, taking over from the vanishing grindhouses and drive-ins; not for nothing did it earn the nickname "Skin-emax". If visiting aliens were to judge humanity just by watching Cinemax they'd think us a race that worships Chuck Norris and Shannon Tweed. So when the time came for the channel to produce its own original programming it returned to its core values. The wonderful Banshee is the result.
The show follows an unnamed ex-con – fresh out of »
- Phelim O'Neill
Cinemax announced today that the second season of Banshee will kick off on January 10th at 10pm. The cable channel has ordered 10 installments.
Banshee revolves around an ex-con (Antony Starr) who assumes the identity of the incoming sheriff of Banshee, Pennsylvania. He struggles with his new identity while dealing with a local crime lord (Ulrich Thomsen) and trying to stay under the radar of a Ukrainian mobster (Ben Cross) that's searching for his real identity.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to the return of Banshee? »
Banshee‘s 10-episode second season will get underway on Friday, January 10 at 10 Pm, Cinemax said today. Antony Starr (Rush) returns as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa, where he continues his criminal activities, even as he’s being hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier. Banshee was renewed just three weeks into its freshman season. Its Season 1 finale drew 455,000 viewers during its initial airing and 655,000 during repeats – the largest audience ever for a Cinemax original series finale. Cast regulars Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison, Rus Blackwell, Gordon Hopewell, Ryann Shane, Ben Cross and Anthony Ruivivar will all be back for Season 2. The series which nabbed a Special Visual Effects Emmy, is executive produced by Alan Ball, Peter Macdissi, Jonathan Tropper, David Schickler and Greg Yaitanes. Jonathan Tropper, David Schickler, Evan Dunsky, John Romano and Doug Jung penned the scripts. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
From Formula One to football and boxing to baseball, here are the big screen's finest sport sagas
Don't get excited, Liverpool fans: director Ron Howard's latest film isn't about the Reds' all-time leading scorer Ian Rush and his rubbish 'tache. Instead, it tells the extraordinary story of the 1976 Formula One season, dominated by the battle between dashing British playboy driver James Hunt (played by Chris "Thor" Hemsworth) and austere Austrian Niki Lauda (Daniel "Good Bye, Lenin!" Brühl). After a near-fatal crash at the Nürburgring, Lauda returned just six weeks later, his horrific scalp burns still bandaged and bleeding, to defend his world title. It's scripted by Peter Morgan, who's made a career out of dramatising real events in the likes of The Queen and Frost/Nixon.
"I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the country. But I'm in the top one." Director Tom Hooper »
- Michael Hogan
Chicago – The creative impetus behind Cinemax shows “Banshee” & “Strike Back,” which just saw their first and second seasons released on Blu-ray, respectively, is clear — dirtier, nastier, more violent versions of shows you already know and love. “Banshee” has echoes of “Sons of Anarchy” in its power struggle in a small town saga while “Strike Back” is not unlike “The Unit” or “24” with no restrictions on violence on nudity. “Banshee” is the superior show by some margin but fans of both programs will be happy with their home releases.
Being original programs of a network owned by the current kings of TV on Blu-ray (HBO owns Cinemax) means that the season sets for these two shows are both excellently designed, filled with special features and including gorgeous transfers. As far as the shows go, “Banshee” is the superior of the two, headlined by two strong performances (Antony Starr & Ulrich Thomsen) and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Review James Stansfield 1 Jul 2013 - 23:15
James salutes an all-out action episode of Banshee, which draws its first impressive season to a close...
This review contains spoilers.
1.10 A Mixture of Madness
Over the last nine weeks, Banshee has presented us with a complex mix of character relationships, and more secrets than Laura Palmer’s diary, punctuated with breath-taking moments of violence. For its season one send off though, Banshee threw off the covers and romped through an hour of all-out action, capped off with a head-spinning final ten minutes.
For the first time since the pilot episode, the character given the most focus is Anthony Starr’s Sheriff Lucas Hood. Pre-credits and throughout the episode, we’re treated to some conversations Hood had with his parole officer halfway through his time in prison. We know Hood served his full fifteen-year sentence, so we immediately know this can’t end well »
Review James Stansfield 24 Jun 2013 - 23:15
Banshee delivers a bloody penultimate episode. Here's James' review of Always The Cowboy...
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1.9 Always The Cowboy
If there was one thing that really struck you about the opening scene of Banshee’s ninth episode, it was the blood. Picking up minutes after We Shall Live Forever concluded, Ana lays beaten to a pulp in the back of her car while a strung out Sheriff Lucas Hood tries to get her to the hospital. It’s not Ana’s delirious daydreams or Hood’s pleading with her to hang in there that sticks out though, but the blood. Having gone through eight hours with Banshee, we’re no strangers to the red stuff by now but here it seems different, harsher in the broad daylight, and then sterile surrounding of the hospital. Blood plays a big part in Always The Cowboy, »
Review James Stansfield 10 Jun 2013 - 23:15
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1.7 Behold a Pale Rider
Towards the end of my review of last week’s episode of Banshee, I wondered if Ana really would turn Lucas Hood over to her father Mr. Rabbit, or if her affections for him would weigh too heavily upon her. As it turned out, episode seven left no time for such pondering, and after an instalment which felt a little thin, Banshee returned to its plot-stuffed lightning pace once more.
On reflection, even knowing the little we do about him, it would have been foolish to assume that Mr. Rabbit would want to wait a second longer to get his hands on Hood for what he sees as the stealing away of his daughter. As he »
Madrid – Elias Querejeta, the producer of many of the greatest modern classics made by Spain’s most distinguished directors under and after the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, died Sunday at his Madrid home. He was 78.
Querejeta was born in 1934 into a well-heeled family, living in the Basque Country’s Hernani, a small town a half-hour train ride from San Sebastian.
As a child he ran wild. In adulthood, during long lunches, swilled down by whisky or, in later years, Marques de Riscal Sauvignon white, he would still remember the escapades of his childhood.
Franco’s bloody, cruel dictatorship, imposed on Spain from 1939 through a Civil War, blighted Querejeta’s youth and ran completely contrary to his liberal upbringing and temperament.
A First Division professional soccer player for San Sebastian’s Real Sociedad – no long lunch with Querejeta was complete with his fond remembrance of the goal he scored »
- John Hopewell
Reviews of awful films are the easiest to write if only because you have to focus less on weighing the strengths of a film against the weaknesses; when all a film has are weaknesses, the task becomes simple. It's a rare occasion though, because typically even the worst films have a few redeeming qualities. Take A Common Man for example, it's a horrible little Sri Lankan film written in English and directed by Chandran Rutnam with Sir Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross in the leading roles. Now surely, most would think, having Kingsley and Cross must keep A Common Man from getting too bad. Their performances must elevate the film slightly. You'd think that, but they don't.
- Lex Walker
Review James Stansfield 13 May 2013 - 23:00
James continues to be impressed with the brutal, well-constructed Banshee. Here's his review of Meet The New Boss...
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1.3 Meet the New Boss
If episode two of Banshee could have been sub-titled ‘Kai Proctor Strikes Back’, then its third could easily follow with ‘Return of Lucas Hood’. This was the episode that felt like it brought Banshee’s opening act to a close, dealt out with bloody vengeance from Anthony Starr’s rogue Sheriff.
First though, it was dishing out plot twists before we’d even got to those impressive opening credits. A note on this title sequence is that the snapshots that make it up are now even easier to appreciate as we get to know Banshee’s range of characters. They relate to certain things about them. It now makes sense when Ivana Milicevic’s name is accompanied by »
Acclaimed writer, director and producer Alan Ball (True Blood, Six Feet Under, American Beauty) brings his brand new action drama series, Banshee to the UK on Monday 29th April. Banshee stars Antony Starr (Rush) as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Philadelphia, where he continues his criminal activities, even as he’s hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier.
Going hell for leather, this series opener follows Lucas as he makes his way to Banshee to find his former partner-in-crime and lover (Ivana Milicevic, Casino Royale). The good news is that they are indeed reunited. However, the bad is that his ex has since changed her name to Carrie and created a new life for herself complete with defence attorney hubby (Rus Blackwell, Battle Los Angeles) and two kids. Shovelling salt into the wound, Carrie is also no »
- Phil Wheat
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013
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Studio: Anchor Bay Films
In the thriller, Kingsley plays a man who’s just a seemingly average citizen, until he plants five powerful bombs in different locations around the major city of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and threatens to detonate them unless his sole demand is met. He wants four of the most deadly international terrorists released from government prison.
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Ruh-roh: Banshee‘s resident Big Bad has a brother — and he too has evil coursing through his veins.
Julian Sands (24, Smallville) has booked a multi-episode Season 2 arc on the Cinemax hit as Rabbit’s (Ben Cross) equally as dangerous younger brother who also happens to be a devout and amoral Ukrainian priest.
Sands is set to appear in three episodes.
Related | Banshee Season 2 Scoop: Look Who’s Returning!
Banshee ended »
- Michael Ausiello
The series comes from the creator of True Blood and follows the antics of an ex-con posing to be a small town sheriff. The fictitious title town, Banshee, is located in Pennsylvania Amish country. Antony Starr is the lead character, Lucas Hood.
Zeljko Ivanek, the much applauded actor and Damages alum, has signed on for three episodes of the show’s second season. He’ll play Jim Racine, a character we learned via TV Line, which showrunners had in mind just for him at the show’s inception.
Racine is described as “a chain smoking, renegade FBI agent who has been tracking Rabbit for 15 years.” Rabbit is acted by Ben Cross and is the ruthless Ukrainian gangster who our lead »
- Sasha Nova
The Cinemax action series Banshee tells the story of Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa. It’s the perfect cover for him to try to win back the love of his life (Ivana Milicevic) and hide out from the dangerous gangster (Ben Cross) that they both betrayed years earlier, while attempting not to get into too much more trouble. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Matt Servitto (who plays Brock Lotus, the Banshee sheriff’s department longest serving deputy, that resents Lucas Hood for taking the job he wanted) talked about how he came to be a part of Banshee, that he loved the twist on what could have been a very generic character on another show, how putting on the uniform really helps inform the character and the way he carries himself, that Season 2 starts shooting in Charlotte, »
- Christina Radish
After its heart-stopping finale on Friday night, Cinemax's "Banshee" will be back for a second season, and AccessHollywood.com has exclusive details about one character set to return.
As fans saw, Rabbit was shot by his daughter in the Season 1 finale (well, he was caught torturing Ana's love, Lucas, after all), but, the door was left open for the actor to return, thanks to a bloody trail of footprints!
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The Cinemax action series Banshee tells the story of Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa. It’s the perfect cover for him to try to win back the love of his life (Ivana Milicevic) and hide out from the dangerous gangster (Ben Cross) that they both betrayed years earlier, while attempting not to get into too much more trouble. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Trieste Kelly Dunn (who plays Siobhan Kelly, a deputy in the Banshee sheriff's department who has put her painful past behind her to become a cop) talked about how she came to be a part of the show, how she relates to her character, working with only a general idea of her character and finding out more details over the course of the season, how much putting on the uniform helps inform the character, »
- Christina Radish
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